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OR Business, State, Safety Officials To Address Financial Impact of Roadway Crashes, Prevention on OSHP Day in Portland

Posted in on Tue, Apr 27, 2010

(April 27, 2010) — Media Advisory

STATE, CORPORATE, SAFETY OFFICIALS TO ADDRESS HOW INVESTING IN SAFETY STRENGTHENS A COMPANY’S BOTTOM LINE & PREVENTS ROADWAY CRASHES – URGE MOTORISTS TO DO THEIR PART

WHAT: Local corporate, state, trucking and safety officials will discuss the numbers — how motor vehicle crashes cost employers 60 billion dollars every year in medical care, legal expenses, property damages, lost productivity and much more. Overall, transportation crashes cost us $170 billion a year. As transportation crashes continue to be the number one cause of on-the-job deaths, they will discuss the tangible and intangible costs resulting from crashes, and what can and is being done to prevent them.

“These crashes are preventable,” American Society of Safety Engineers’ (ASSE) Columbia-Willamette Chapter President Lee Briney notes. “Roadway construction is up and the summer travel season is just around the corner. We must all do our part to prevent roadway crashes. Focusing on the road, not being distracted, not driving while drowsy and wearing seatbelts are just some of the things motorists can do. Many companies have developed and implemented successful driver safety programs that not only protect their employees, but also help their bottom line. Remember, you, or your family do not want to get that call and we don’t want to have to make it.”

May is Oregon’s Transportation Safety Month and May 5 is Occupational Safety and Health Professional (OSHP) day. Officials will discuss the costs of the average vehicle crash to an employer; the cost increase when a worker is involved in an on-the-job crash with injuries; how costs run into the hundreds of thousands of dollars when a fatality is involved; and, the spiraling higher costs of crashes involving trucks with a gross weight rating of more than 10,000 pounds, and more. May Trucking Company will show that safety is good business.

WHEN: May 5, 2010, 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. with refreshments, on-site parking

WHERE: The Jubitz Travel Center, 10350 N. Vancouver Way, Portland, OR, Exit 307 off Interstate 5, turn in the car entrance—the event will be held in the ‘Mall’, enter through the Cascade Grill, 503-283-1111, ext. 5872

WHO: Officials from May Trucking Company, the Oregon ASSE Region I, Jubitz Truck Stop/the Portlander Inn Officials, The Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) – Motor Carrier Transportation Division, the American Trucking Associations (ATA) and “Share the Road Professional Drivers”. Officials will discuss the return on investment in safety and roadway crash prevention measures, their experiences, statistics, what they have seen at crash sites and provide tips for all motorists. On hand will be Commercial Motor Vehicle Carriers where safety demonstrations will be held.

Speakers include: Jubitz Corporation’s COO Mark Gram; May Trucking Company Senior Vice President David R. Jostad; ODOT’s Motor Carrier Division’s Investigation/Safety/Federal Programs Department Head David McKane; ASSE Columbia-Willamette Chapter President Lee Briney; ASSE Columbia-Willamette North American Occupational Safety and Health Week (NAOSH) Chair Dave Parsons; American Trucking Associations (ATA) and ‘Share the Road Professional Drivers’ with millions of accident free miles discuss safety tips, their road experiences and advice for motorists.

CONTACT: Diane Hurns, 847-768-3413, C-847-909-4548, dhurns@asse.org, Chris Wetzel, Jubitz, 503-283-1111, x5872, Sally Ridenour, ODOT, 503-986-3359, C- 503-576-9577, or Elisabeth Barna, ATA, 703-838-1945
May Trucking Company began in Payette, Idaho in 1945 with a few trucks hauling sacks of cement to construction sites. Today the company has over 900 trucks operating throughout the continental U.S. May Trucking Company is Oregon’s largest based truckload carrier. With their focus on people, May Trucking Company was recently recognized as one of Oregon’s top 100 best companies to work for. The Company’s focus is on Safety First. Due to their excellent safety, compliance and vehicle inspection record the State of Oregon recognizes May Trucking Company as a Trusted Carrier. Special license plates on May Trucking Company tractors identify our drivers to the public and to enforcement agencies as among the safest and most compliant drivers in the nation. As a credit to their drivers, agencies such as Truckload Carriers Association and Great West Casualty Risk Management have recognized May Trucking Company with many safety awards.
The Oregon Department of Transportation was established in 1969 to provide a safe, efficient transportation system that supports economic opportunity and livable communities for Oregonians. ODOT’s goals are to improve safety; move people and goods efficiently and improve Oregon’s livability and economic prosperity.
Founded in 1911, the Des Plaines, IL-based ASSE is the oldest professional safety organization and is committed to protecting people, property and the environment. Its more than 32,000 occupational safety, health and environmental professional members lead, manage, supervise, research and consult on safety, health, transportation and environmental issues in all industries, government, labor, health care and education. For more information please go to www.asse.org or to the Columbia-Willamette chapter’s http://www.assecwc.org/ web site. For a copy of the free ASSE Prevent Roadway Crashes brochure contact customerservice@asse.org, 847-699-2929 or download it at www.asse.org/newsroom under Press Kit — in English and Spanish.



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